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More details emerge about overnight APD shooting

Created: 05/23/2014 5:23 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Most information has been obtained about APD's latest officer-involved shooting.

The Albuquerque Police Department held a news conference Friday afternoon where it released a number of new details about what happened Thursday night near 4th Street and I-40.

The news conference started with the playing of 911 calls from around 9:30 Thursday night. The first was from a woman saying she sees another woman who's been attacked and is bleeding. While on the line, you can hear the caller asking if that woman is okay.  Another call was from a witness reporting a man who was stabbed in the neck. When officers arrived, they say the suspect threatened them with a box cutter.

APD played audio recordings from the scene where the suspect can be heard asking police to shoot him, and an officer saying they don't want to. "Shoot me, shoot me now!" the suspect is heard saying.  "Bro, I don't want to shoot you man. I do not want to shoot you. I do not want to shoot you. I do not want to shoot you. Don't do it man. Please," an officer responds.

After more yelling, shots are heard being fired. Police say the man lunged toward them with the knife. No officers were injured. Police have tentatively identified the now-dead suspect as Ralph Chavez.

APD said they are releasing audio and not video at this point because it could interfere with the investigation. 

Ralph Chavez

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